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Aims and Scope
Aims and Scope
The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (JLACA) is a peer-reviewed journal of anthropological research on Latin America and the Caribbean. JLACA publishes original research grounded in ethnography in different article formats. The Journal welcomes contributions that integrate interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies with ethnographic processes of knowledge production. The JLACA maintains an inclusive geographical scope that includes diasporic populations throughout the Americas and the world. Included in the journal’s purview are global processes that effect or interconnect different regions or nations within the Americas as well as the Americas with other world geographic regions.
JLACA’s mission, as a publication of the American Anthropological Association, is to provide a venue for anthropologists of all subfields and topical-thematic areas within sociocultural anthropology, social archaeology, sociolinguistics, ethnohistory, bio-physical anthropology—as well as for scholars of cognate disciplines—who are engaged in the critical study of social and cultural processes in Latin America and the Caribbean. To reach a broader international readership and base of contributing authors, JLACA’s mandate includes publishing in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
SLACA began as a separate non-profit organization that was incorporated in the early 80’s in Texas with the name SLAA—Society for Latin American Anthropology. In 1984 it merged into the American Anthropology Association (AAA)—as did many independent anthropological associations at this time. As a section of the AAA, SLAA—Society for Latin American Anthropology—remained with the same name until the current name was assigned in 2006.
The initial journal publication of the independent SLAA was the 1976 one volume/one issue of the Contributions of the Latin American Anthropology Group. This was published with support from the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS) based at the University at Albany. SLAA launched an anthology book series in 1983, which issued 14 edited titles, and The Latin American Anthropology Review in 1989, which published book reviews in six volumes (two issues a year) until 1994.
The Society for Latin American Anthropology launched a research journal with the title, Journal of Latin American Anthropology in 1995. The journal title was changed to Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology or JLACA in 2007 volume 12. With the exception of volume 1 (1996), the journal was published in two issues a year from inception until 2011. JLACA began to publish three issues a volume starting in 2012. JLACA, along with other AAA journal publications, became fully online in 2016-2017. The JLACA Editors and SLACA Board have targeted 2020, the jubilee 25th anniversary, as the target date to become a quarterly journal.
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